Historic Monksgrange is a County Wexford ascendancy house saved twice by rebel intervention, in 1798 and 1922, cherished in the bosom of the Blackstairs, and shelter to ten generations of the same family since its foundations were built by Goddard Richards, 250 years ago.
To mark the occasion a day-long symposium is taking place with a who’s-who of academics and experts recalling the history and the heritage, the relationship with its immediate community and its longevity and survival over two and a half centuries in the care and protection of the same family.
Speaking to WexfordToday.com, Jeremy Hill has confirmed that a small number of tickets are still available. “Booking closes on Friday at 4 pm, unless sold out beforehand,” he stated, and wishes to thank those people who have already booked there places and is looking forward to meeting them at Monksgrange House on Saturday.
The programme for Saturday, August 24th is as follows; 10 am; Gates Open. 11 am; Opening address with Jeremy Hill. 11.15 am; The Gentry House in 21st century Ireland with Robert O’Byrne, Fine Arts consultant. 11.45 am; Edward Richards-Orpen and the world of the Grange Furniture Industry with Dr. Edward McParland, architectural historian. 12.15 pm; Monksgrange: Portrait of an Irish house and family, 1769-1969. Launch by Prof. Roy Foster of Philip Bull’s new book, published Four Courts Press, Dublin. 2019. 1.15 pm; Lunch Break. 2.15 pm; Monksgrange and the genius of Goddard Orpen with Prof. Sean Duffy, medieval historian. 3.15 pm; Break. 3.30 pm; Conservation practice at Monksgrange Archives with Susan Corr, Paper Conversator. 4 pm; The Photography of Goddard Orpen with Anthony Hobbs, photographic consultant. 4.30 pm. Close.
Snack lunch included in ticket price €65. Registration 10 am for 11 am start with 4.30 pm close.
Garden Open Day is free on Sunday, August 25th with lecture by Patrick Bowe at 2 pm and a guided tour by Jeremy Hill at 3.30 pm.
In related events, Enniscorthy Castle is hosting an exhibition entitled Life in the wilderness of Bantry, which is highlighting a number of 19th century photographs that were only recently discovered. All are welcome to attend this free event that is on public display until September 3rd.
The Edward Richards-Orpen Memorial Trust, proprietor of
Monksgrange Archives, will benefit from any surplus following the event.
Tickets available at Eventbrite www.eventbrite.ie (Monksgrange250).